Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Angels Deal Kendrys Morales To Seattle For Jason Vargas
Vargas was better at striking out righties than lefties, but lefties hit him worse last year than righties. A big red flag, though was his home and away splits, where he earned a 2.74 ERA in Safeco but a 4.78 ERA on the road, almost twice as high. Still, I can grit my teeth through the road if his 2.27 career ERA at Angel Stadium is any indication of how he'll pitch. Welcome aboard, and go Dirtbags!
Update: Weird paragraph from this Alden Gonzalez piece at MLB.com:
The Angels used the flexibility afforded to them with the Josh Hamilton signing, sending switch-hitting designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Mariners on Wednesday in exchange for left-handed starting pitcher Jason Vargas.Usually when one discusses "flexibility", the word "payroll" is in the same sentence. While the Dodgers have gotten all the press for the spendy spendy, Jerry Dipoto hasn't exactly taken his foot of the fiscal gas pedal, either.
Dipoto is just stepping out of the way and handling the paperwork at this point. I think the small, savvy deals are all his, but these walletbusters are the work of Arte himself. The Angels have an emotional owner with a big wallet, and these big contracts are only 'mistakes' to the degree that Moreno reverses course in future years and determines he's unwilling to lose big money in the MLB casino. Until then, he's throwing bad money after good to the fan's benefit.